Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
USA Today Sports Media Group
USA Today Sports Media Group
J.C. Shelton

Georgia may have best offensive and defensive player in 2023 per ESPN

The back-to-back defending national champions have no shortage of talent returning for the 2023 season.

Even without names like Jalen Carter, Stetson Bennett, Darnell Washington and Christopher Smith – ESPN says the Bulldogs might have the best offensive and defensive player next season.

Buy Bulldogs Tickets

In a discussion among ESPN’s college football writers, one nominated tight end Brock Bowers, the 2022 Mackey Award winner, and another nominated linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson.

“Bowers strikes me as a player who should already be in the NFL but has to stick around the college level for another season. He’ll be working with a new quarterback this fall, but I expect another huge season for the Mackey Award winner.” – Alex Rittenberg

Bowers is considered a top-10 2024 NFL draft pick.

As for Johnson, the leadership and reliability the first-year starter showed in 2022 was undeniable.

“Give me the best-returning defender from the best team in college football. Georgia’s Jamon Dumas-Johnson fits that bill,” ESPN’s Bill Connelly wrote. “He’s strong against both run and pass, and with more pass-rushing opportunities he could become one of the nation’s sacks leaders. On a per-rush basis, he was brilliant.” – Bill Connelly

Both Bowers and Johnson will be pivotal for the Bulldogs as they defend their SEC and national titles next season.

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.